Ron Paul wins Republican summit straw poll at CPAC

February 13th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Sarah Palin Washington, Feb 13 (ANI): Texas Congressman Ron Paul has won the straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC, outpacing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Paul received 30 percent of votes compared to Romney’s 23 percent, who stood second. Others were grouped far behind, the BBC reports.

The next highest contenders were former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who both received six percent, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won five percent, it added.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who was absent at the summit, ended up at ninth position with only three percent votes.

CPAC is the Republican party’s biggest annual convention, that allows possible Presidential candidates to assess their position ahead of polls, and also attract funding and support.

Addressing the gathering, Paul said: “We want to protect our civil liberties as well as our economic liberties.”

Although it is less than a year before the first voting in primaries for the 2012 race, no Republican has formally announced his or her candidacy. (ANI)

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